How to Apply

Open Evening – November 2018 – NOW CLOSED

To apply for a space on our Open Evening in November, which we will be hosting for candidates applying for a training contract to start in September 2020 and 2021, please see below.

  • Application process: Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter detailing (in no more than 250 words) why you would like the opportunity to attend our Open Evening. Please send this via email to or
  • Closing date for applications: 26 October 2018
  • Open Evening date: 21 November 2018


Vacation Scheme – Easter 2019 -NOW CLOSED

To apply for a space in our vacation scheme in Easter 2019 please see the timetable below. During the vacation scheme there will be an opportunity to secure a training contract starting in either September 2020 or September 2021.

  • Application form goes live: 1 November 2018 (Please click here to fill out the form).
  • Application window closes: 31 January 2019
  • Vacation Scheme dates: 2nd and 3rd week in April 2019 (each scheme lasts 3 days)


Summer Assessment – August 2019

To apply for a Trainee Solicitor position to start in September 2021 via our summer recruitment process please see the timetable below. Please note we have two remaining spaces for September 2020. If you are interested in these we recommend you also apply for the Easter 2019 vacation scheme.

  • Application form goes live: 1 November 2018 (Please click here to fill out the Memery Crystal application form).
  • Application window closes: 31 July 2019
  • Interview and Assessment Centre: August 2019
  • Start of Traineeship with Memery Crystal: September 2021


Please scroll down for a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the application process.

"Quite a lot of the recruitment exercises we do are not only designed to test pure legal intelligence, but also a candidate's understanding of why the law is the way it is. If you understand why, you are able to explain the law in a business context."

Head of Graduate Recruitment

Where do I find the Application Form?

If you like what you have seen so far, and fulfil our minimum requirements, then in the first instance you need to complete our on-line application form. Click here to fill out the Memery Crystal application form. Once you have completed this, you will hear from us shortly after the closing date as to whether you have been selected for a first interview.

Do you have a Minimum Criteria?

Memery Crystal are looking to recruit high calibre candidates. We have set minimum criteria for potential applicants based on academic achievements: you should have gained very good results at GCSE or its equivalent, have no less than 320 UCAS points (or their equivalent) at one sitting and a 2:1 degree at university (or be on course for a 2:1 degree). We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are commercially minded
  • Are ambitious, driven and enthusiastic
  • Demonstrate a willingness to take on responsibility.

Will Memery Crystal accept applications for those who gained a 2:2 at university?

We will only consider application forms with an overall 2:2 grade at university if there are mitigating circumstances.

Do you accept applications from candidates who need a work permit?

We do not currently have a sponsorship licence, so whilst you are welcome to apply, we would not be able to sponsor you through a training contract.

On average, how many applications do you receive each year?

On average we receive over 250 applications a year.

How many candidates are selected for interview?

Each application form is read by a member of HR and at least one Partner and fee-earner. We invite around 35 candidates to the first stage interview.

What happens after the first interview?

Successful candidates will be invited back for an assessment centre which will take place over two days with a mix of formal assessments, work shadowing with trainees and social events. The aim of the assessment centre is to find out as much as we can about you and for you to find out about us!

When will I find out if I have been offered a training contract?

Offers will be made following the assessment centre at the end of August/ beginning of September. But this isn’t goodbye until your start your training contract, we like to keep in contact with our future trainees and will invite you to our Christmas and Summer parties, giving you the opportunity to meet more of us before you become one of the team.

Will the firm pay for my LPC fees?

Yes, the firm sponsors both the GDL and LPC fees through the University of Law only.

I applied for a trainee contract last year, am I able to reapply this year?

Candidates may reapply if they feel that  significant achievements in the past year have added to the strength of their application. Unfortunately if you have already been interviewed by Memery Crystal we will not be able to reconsider your application.